Four years that the English were waiting for this confrontation against the best nation in the world. The last one dates back to 2014, when New Zealand had men in white (24-21). This Saturday in Twickenham, the British public has been served, and has been pressing since the pre-match. The English fans notably sang "Swing low, swing chariot" during the famous haka of All Blacks. At the game level, the XV of the Rose stood up to the Blacks, before cracking against the double world champions (15-16).
However, the British had a great start by scoring a try after the second minute of play, by Chris Ashton, the former Toulon.
In a high-intensity match where the game phases were quickly chained, Eddie Jones's men have damaged the New Zealanders' attack. A rough defense that was rewarded by the second English try, scored by captain Dylan Hartley (15-0, 24 '). Stung, the Blacks have reacted by reducing the mark just before the break (15-10).
Sixth place win of the Blacks over the English
Back in the locker room, the pressure from the Oceania players increases and their leader, Beauden Barrett, allows them to take the advantage on a drop and a penalty, a 16-0 inflicted (15-16, 60 '). The English lose control, witness the four keys lost in the second half. However, the XV of the Rose believes to take control of the score on a test of Underhill. But the video referee refuses the action, for an offside position (76th). Despite the support of the English people, the men in white are unable to change the brand and concede a sixth consecutive loss to the Blacks.
Scotland – Fiji: 54-17
Barbarians – Tonga: 38-49